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West Indies v India live & preview 3rd ODI at Antigua

West Indies v India live & preview 3rd ODI at Antigua Photo: TT

The West Indies will play the third and fourth matches of their ODI series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua, the first of those fixtures taking place on Friday.

India lead the series 1-0 after their 105-run victory in Trinidad in the second game, the first having been ruined by rain, and abandoned as a “no result”.

The West Indies selectors have made two changes to their 13-man squad for the final three ODIs of the series, bringing in the 28 year old batsman Kyle Hope and 24 year old wicket-keeper batsman Sunil Ambris, in place of Jonathan Carter and Kesrick Williams. Neither player has yet appeared in international cricket.

Hope, who is the brother of the current national wicket-keeper, Shai, skippers Trinidad and Tobago in the regional four-day tournament, and opened the batting for the West Indies “A” team during the one-day section of their tour to Sri Lanka last year, when he posted a century and another score of 81 in his three innings

Ambris who represents the Windward Islands, was the seventh top run scorer in the WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL), posting just over 600 runs, at an average of over 43. His figures were boosted by a double century made against the Leeward Islands, his 231 being made off of just 256 deliveries.

There are strong hints from the Indian camp, that opening batsman Rishabh Pant will be included in the side on Friday.

Pant who made his T20I debut against the touring England side earlier this year, had a strong season in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL), when he posted 366 runs in 14 matches, and was one of the five players that were put on standby for the recent Champions Trophy in England, in case of injury to the original squad.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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